After many years of fundraising and hard work, the new Ashley Neufeld Softball Complex has opened, to honor Ashley’s life and her passion for softball. Thanks to the support of associations, local businesses, non-profit organizations and individuals in Brandon and the surrounding areas, the new softball complex includes four full-sized diamonds and four mini-diamonds for youth ages 4-12, a canteen, and washrooms. Over 500 people attended to celebrate its opening and honor Ashley, who is deeply loved and missed. The opening ceremony included a doubleheader featuring the Dickinson Blue Hawks versus the Mayville Comets.
Ashley’s parents Phil and Bev also constructed a granite memorial monument at the entry of the field in which a portion of Ashley’s ashes will remain. resqme, Inc.’s President Laurent Colasse promised them while he came and visited them in September 2015 that the resqme foundation will show its support for this project by donating the monument.
Eight years ago, Ashley Neufeld, 21, and two of her teammates, Kyrstin Gemar and Afton Williamson went on a late-night stargazing adventure in an SUV crashed into a farm pond in Stark County, North Dakota. Tragically, Ashley and her friends were unable to escape when the car became submerged in water and never returned from their adventure.
The Ashley Neufeld Memorial Fund, was originally founded by Ashley’s family members to make sure that no other parents will lose their child because of a drowning vehicle, so they thought the resqme® tool was a perfect fit for fundraising efforts because of its reliability and commitment to saving lives. Thus, the “Ashley tool” was born—a resqme® device bearing Ashley Neufeld’s name. Since the resqme foundation and the Ashley Neufeld Fund began their partnership, over 7,000 resqme® tools have been sold and over $520,000 has been raised in Ashley’s memory.
Most importantly, the Ashley Neufeld resqme® tool is saving lives and rapidly became the safety symbol for an entire community. The “Ashley resqme® Tool” has already been used in numerous incidents of vehicle entrapment in Ashley’s home of Province of Manitoba and has saved several lives.
We, at the resqme foundation, are grateful to help make a difference in others’ lives by making them safer on and off road. In honor of the eighth anniversary of Ashley’s tragic accident, we hope to continue to raise awareness about car safety and vehicle entrapment.
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Resqme, Inc is pleased to announce a very exciting up coming event. On Saturday, October 25, Sonia Colasse, our very own Social Media Consultant will be the co driver for Emme Hall in the Powder Puff race in Barstow CA. The women will start at 12:30 and race through off road conditions until 4:30. They will be dealing with rough terrain, flat tires, and high heats, all for a good cause.
In continuing our efforts to protect drivers and increase breast cancer awareness, resqme will be donating 150 pink resqme tools to the event. This is not the first time resqme has teamed up with Emme. We also proudly sponsored her and her car in the Gazelle Rally in Morocco back in March, 2014.
We are so excited to see their great performance this weekend and wish them both the best of luck and a safe trip!
Moved by an event, sports enthusiast and humanitarian Laurent Colasse
– French President of resqme ® – to honor the World Women’s Day , by sponsoring the crew ” The Indiana Joans “ comprised of Emme Hall and Sabrina Howells, Rally Aïcha des Gazelles .
The only car sports rally for women will be held in Morocco from March 14 to 29 2014, and will bring together nearly 200 crews from 33 countries. This unique event is an example to follow: created in 1990 by Dominique Serra, founder and director of the sports event agency Maïenga, to bring the sports world to the concerns of Moroccans. Alongside the race, the association “Hearts Gazelles ” is dedicating their humanitarian efforts to build schools, support of orphanages and provide vocational training for Moroccan women.
Emme approached resqme ® Inc on February 17 with these words : “I do not know how to explain the importance of this fantastic event for women and how your product really fits the values of rally. I am a navigator of the desert and the tool resqme will be, for me, a great security for my team. ”
Our gazelles Emme and Sabrina will be scrutineering their Isuzu D -Max a few days before the departure 19 March 2014 at Rallye Aisha. More than ever, these women, who are willing to push their limits prove that motorsport is not only for males!
Both competing are unforgettable women who have this irresistible force to fight the Moroccan desert with their car, number 183, lined in fuchsia ResQMe strickers and butterflies in memory of all victims with cancer.
The Indiana Joans and resqme ® Inc. have the same philosophy: to save lives and raise awareness of road safety .
Better yet! Emme and Sabrina decided to not only support the “Force” dedicated to improving the lives of victims of ovarian cancer and breast cancer, but also their family foundation .
For over ten years, the company resqme ® Inc. strives also to disseminate safety information to all communities and funds research on breast cancer, a gift for hope.
Off the beaten track , this humanitarian mission and commitment of the crew Indiana Joans is truly an example to follow , and in addition will be making a tribute to the World Women’s Day .
Emme Hall is a real rally driver . She has won several awards on behalf of her own all-terrain racing team ” Mega Monkey Motorcycles ™. ” Sabrina Howells, its navigator , is an actress and singer raised by her mother and a survivor of breast cancer, who taught her the values to achieve in life .
Together resqme ® Inc. and The Indiana Joans fit perfectly into the history of the Rallye Aïcha des Gazelles , to be held in Morocco March 14 to 29, 2014.
Sources: http://megamonkeymotorsports.com/, http://www.indianajoans.com/ and http://www.facingourrisk.org/